Half Marathon Training
Friday, January 06, 2012
In my New Year's resolutions/goals a few blogs back, I discusses maybe doing my first half marathon, walking it. I have now signed up for my first ever Half Marathon and I am a bit nervous about it. It is the Trailbreaker HM in Waukesha, WI on Saturday, March 31st. I know I can do the distance, as I have walked just under 12 miles outside before and done 13.1 miles on the treadmill at one time, but can I do it in under 4 hours? My fear is that as a walker, they will bag the finish line and head for home before I finish. I need to see if they have a cut off time on the half or not. The Marathon has a cut of time of 5.5 hours, but it does start earlier than the half. There is no stated cut off time for the half in the materials. Does this mean they don't have a cut off time? Someone last year finished the half in just over 4 hours. So I am going to aim at doing it in under 4 hours by March 31st.
Today, I walked 6.97 miles with bathroom break, tieing my shoe once and slow crossings at two roads in 7 minutes under 2 hours. Will be working on increasing the distance and trying to do the 13.1 mile distance in 4 hours. Furthering my fear is that March 31st in Wisconsin can still be fairly cold and colder air bothers my lungs and I may walk a little slower if it is cold. And I need to check my monthly cycle, as that tends to make me have to stop and pee more often too. This time thing could make me stress a bit. So I need to really find out if they have a cut off for the half or not.
Lastly I need to buy a new pair of shoes. Tried buying the exact pair I have now online and they didn't seem to have them available... Will have to try again soon, as I need a good broken in pair before March 31st and I have trouble finding shoes for my wide feet.
I also have other questions about Half Marathons... I am curious what the bag drop is. There will be a bag drop at the halfway/turnaround point for the half marathon. But I am not entirely sure what this is. What do you take with you when you do a half marathon? IE on my longer walks, I tend to bring snacks, water, cell phone and id of some sort.